441 posts • joined 19 Aug 2009
Blame the news on the messenger
Is it the politicians, salespeople, priests and scientists who create the fake news in the first place? Or is it the paper mills, copper mines and glass foundries who provide the means for distributing it?
"More people are confident they can identify false news or misinformation than not"
Our country is blessed by the gods and most people think they are better drivers, better lovers, more honest, smarter or have more common sense than average.
That Web may have been nice when it was an internal bulletin board at CERN, but taking it world-wide was a mistake. To really make a hell out of it required commercial exploitation combined with government regulation. If you want freedom, you must grant it also to fraudsters, terrorists, scientologists, used-car salesmen and paedophiles.
Now would be a good time to pray....
MicroTik runs RouterOS, which is a Linux distribution. The filename heavily suggests Windows code.
Re: What's the point? Java is a dynasty of programming languages!
"Java used to evolve with comfortable though frustrating slowness"
The reverse is actually true. Look at how the major programming languages C, Pascal, Fortran, Ada, COBOL and PL/I are evolving: slowly and in backwards compatble manner.
On the other hand the Javas are a dynasty like the North-Korean presidents or Algol, where Algol 60 and Algol 68 are completely different languages. Microsoft made the same mistake by not providing a compatible successor to Visual Basic 6, which means it is still in production.
We all hope Allen will turn up Amelia Earheart's plane next....
"Microsoft’s rather good Android Office applications"
That comes as quite a surprise after the total disaster of Microsofts Office appplications for DOS, Windows and Macintosh.
Hype! What hype?
After superscalar processors some academics have come up with hyperscalar computer architecture, which has little to do with the mathematical term hyperscalar. (Wikipedia).
Nothing to do with https://www.hyperscalers.com/
It depends on the definition
These people seem to be looking at the correlation between profits (GDP growth) and unemployment (total hours worked). It would seem probable that economic growth leads to lower unemployment rates and there are figures to support that. However, it could lead to the growth of hours worked exceeding the increase in poducts sold, and eventually to the next recession.
Or you define productivity as units produced per (wo)man-hour. That will lead to the conclusion that a single overseer running a factory with hundreds of robots equals fantastic productivity. Isaac Asimov realised this in 'The Naked Sun'. It just means that all that robot labor is not counted.
I thought the industrial revolution proceeded in three waves:
1) James Watt invents steam engine, leading to big centralised factories
2) Henry Ford introduces the assembly line, leading to high labour division
3) Norbert Wiener introduces cybernetics, where workers' hands and eyes are replaced by detectors and actuators.
The microprocessor revolution appears to have decreased the productivity of office workers and increased the number of offices, but that was offset by huge growth in the IT sector, which became highly productive.
The latter nineties showed renewed economic activities, until the dot-com bubble burst, which led to stagnation, clearly seen in the IT sector. The size of the workforce has shrunk due to automation, specifically in the U.S.A. (China and India still grew). which meant lower disposable income for the masses (the GDP effect is offset by a steep increase of the wealth of millionaires and billionaires) and lower demand for goods, which lowers economic growth.
Re: Open source tools
Which makes this a good day for the GNU GPL.
Re: This is a perfect example of the press stating that correlation means causation...
It could be the other way around: cancer patients are more likely to end up in hospitals or other situations where they will be fed unhealthy ultra-processed food.
You've been reading George Orwell's nineteen-eightyfour.
what the dell is a low-fastidiousness poweredge processor?
Support for half a terabyte of memory looks underwhelming.... Is 110 Watts supposed to be low-power?
Is Intel QuickAssist the fastest helpdesk in the industry?
Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...
Re: Yet more contentless studies by academic hot air balloons?
"The real world shows that engineering and abstract thinking is an occupation best left to the male brain."
How come programming is traditionally a female occupation?
"We see that there's this rise of women in high-paying jobs". I guess we'll also see a complementary rise of men in low-paying IT jobs.
NL-SAS is no Dutch tradition, but seems to be a consumer disc with a SAS interface....
2 TB? Guess you need to switch to SPARC or POWER for some main memory.
If AMD is faster than Intel, is that because AMD's heaviest processor has 32 against 28 cores or are they comparing same-price models (for similar parts, Xeon is slightly faster, but AMD a lot cheaper)?
Re: wasn't really 64 Bit
Alphas on 32-bit NT were really slow.... one reason for the demise of DEC.
This of course was until Windows 2000... After a row Digtal laid off a team of engineers working on 64-bit NT, after which Microsoft cancelled the project which was still in Alpha stage. Somewhat later they started a port to IA64 (Itanic), which was released with much dealy.
Re: The sky is falling in
VMS supports remote access using SSH or Telnet, that makes a lot of networked systems vulnerable.
Open Source versus Free Software
When the *BSD community meets the Linux community, focus turns to the ideological difference between Open Source (like MIT license) and Free Software (like the GNU GPL).
Open Source favours proprietary software and is championed by Microsoft, whose Windows contains a lot of Open Source code. Their customers do not profit from this is any way, and the original developers barely get their name on a list that the public doesn't get to see.
Free Software uses the Copyleft principle to protect the rights of its developers and end-users. Yes, some strange deal between Canonical and Microsoft made it possible for Redmond to include Linux in Windows without making its entire kernel GPL code.
Free Software promotes innovation: you are free to use an existing code base, rename the product, add any killer features you can, and sell it at a premium as long as you share the source code. Major hardware vendors support Linux which is a lot cheaper than having to develop an Operating System of their own, thus computing becomes commoditised.
The existence of Free Software preserves your right to keep the source of your own software closed, as long as you don't mix free and proprietary code.
Re: Truly international
In WW II American soldiers in Italy invented the Pizza Americana.
Seems Iglo stopped making their Pizza Burger, but The Pizzaburger must be real German innovation, with BBQ Chicken on top.
Re: email is so last century
What mail client? We send and read e-mail by telnetting to port 25. Encryption is so hard to do manually.
Re: The best option
In case some foreign power should attach British naval power, the F-35 will still be useful for kamikaze tactics.
Re: You do know that Moore’s law says nothing about speed?
Yes, but speeds keep increasing. If a box contains 4 * 32 cores these days, supercomputers can grow from 10,000 to 100,000 boxes and their electriciy consumption just keeps growing.
Re: You do know that Moore’s law says nothing about speed?
Of course Moore's law says nothing about speed in itself, even though increased parallellism nearly always means increased speed. This assumes that applications are rewritten to use all those cores and that nobody uses easy but inefficient programming languages anymore. (Down here companies still believe that Java is the holy grail).
The speed increase for a single core stopped around 2001 when the Pentium IV approached 4 GHz. The question is now if AMD and Intel can design more secure processors - nothing to do with Moore's law. If they drop speculative execution, then you can fit more cores on a die and reverse the loss.
The real slowdown happens when you switch from a decent desktop to a mobile phone.
Moore's law is related to the question if mankind keeps spending 20 % more on processors with each passing year, which drives the investment into EUV and similar process technologies - or less you have to increase die size to get more transistors.
Re: "Serverless" is a marketing term.
Of course, it reminds us of another marketing term: "client-server". It's just that whatever it means seems to involve more servers, whereas peer-to-peer mesh networks would use fewer servers.
Maybe the PC should be called a computerless typewriter.
Make programming great again
Explicitly asking for a BASIC developer is tantamount to age discrimination... Millennial CS Masters have no clue....
"Pineapple on pizza is the work of the devil"
Maybe, but shoarma on pizza seems to be a Dutch invention.
PIzza In, Code Out
I am a software company of sorts. Now you know why they say that software is eating the world.
What is the name of the Mexico-US border?
Let's guess: its the 'Great Trump Wall'.
At least the border betwwen India and Pakistan seems to have a proper name, the 'Radcliffe Line'.
If requirements are ambiguous, implement it in Visual Basic, so that the result will be ambiguous too.
Agile seems to mean releasing new software versions frequently. Microsoft knows that customers are happy with one release every three years, which is supported for twelve years. If you have an urgent bug fix, you can be sure that a large percentage of sites will not have updated after a year. Frequent releases means more effort on design, documentation and such formalities, rather than actual coding.
Today there is little demand for new software or new features. The first concern is security, the second is reliability, the third concern is performance and the fourth cost of purchase and support.
Some companies still test software instead of proving the code correct with respect to a mathematically exact specification. Sure, user requirements are vague at best, but Apple and Microsoft kept developing new products and read reviews of version 1.0 for ideas for next versions. Where I used to work, 'user requirements' were written by the product manager and underlings nor customers were consulted. One requirement said that the packaged product should take up *at least* 10 MB of disk space, although the author may have meant the opposite (actually delivered a 23 KB package).
IT made in EU?
"EU funding an EU project. Why do you still care?"
Because my country is not exiting the ever more expensive EU for years to come. Never mind the member states having their own HPC projects.
Re: Are you sure??
We used Veritas NetBackup for years and I find one bug, which Symantec fixed in short order.... Veritas OpForce was complex and not supported so well.
Charge of the light brigade
A decade ago, mobile charging meant sending victims big bills detailing every phoney call or text message sent.
There are no known exploits for the new design flaws - therefore you should update your systems.
The performance impact will be minimal - presumably less than 50 %, so your PC will still be way too fast (when the 1981 model with 640 KB of RAM is ideal and fast enough for all desktop computing).
I wonder if people who run both Linux and Windows will have to apply two different microcode updates.
A Bavarian Rhapsody
The LiMux project was estimated to have cost some 40 M€, so this is a massive waste of funds.
Apart from the desktop OS, a sigificant amount of money was spent on Wollmux, a forms processing application realised as OpenOffice macros. Replacing this will be expensive.
Anomalous Cowboy wrote: "But Windows has far more in depth performance diagnostic features off the shelf than Linux does?"
No, but the Windows performance monitor is more user-friendly.
No, you don't get a new CPU, you get a software workaround.
There is no time like the present for China to become a world player in CPU design.
Around the turn of the millennium I was able to read and write SCO Unix kernel variables (specifically uptime) as root using a simple shell script. Utilities such as 'ps' likewise ran in user space and needed to read process tables from kernel memory.
Re: MF - EMF
If they worry about magnetic fields on the orders of milligauss, then the 50 gauss of a typical refrigerator magnet should worry you and the 700,000 gauss of a MRI machine should be enough to wipe out humanity.
Exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields has increased the amount of sex, drugs, and especially rock 'n roll.
nobody has commented on turducken
How about this for the ultimate Xmas dinner? Makes good stuffing for your ostrich.
I've never hear of yorkshire puddings at all.
I'm immersed in Catalan recipes for this Christmas. The familiy has not tried British cooking yet.
Re: DevOps is still snake oil
"DevOps is not a skillset and it's not a toolset: it's a mindset."
That is why your company should certainly sell, DevOps, Cloud As A Service etc. and refrain from buying any.
The optometrist to me says that all this vague cloudiness can be resolved by buying a new pair of spectacles and then I shall clearly see.
Re: Warning: scientists
Funny, almost all the programmers I met have been scientists with only a small percentage of computer science graduates amongst them.
Anybody can refactor 100,000 lines of code. Applications over 100,000,000 lines of code require a capable team and lots of time. Windows 2016 is a good deal bigger than that.
In the year 2000
In the year 2000, Queen Elisabeth II will still be on the throne thanks to DNA therapy making her effectively immortal.
In the year 2000, economic crises will be a thing of the past.
In the year 2000, we will get around in flying cars.
In the year 2000, routine factory work will be done by trained apes.
In the year 2000, we have molten the Arctic ice cap to shorten shipping routes.
In the year 2000, users just have to say what they want in COBOL and the computer will write all the machine code.
In the year 2000, mankind shall witness the second coming of the Lamb for the End is nigh.
Re: Plane accidents vs Infosec fails
There have already been fatal failures of computers and digital devices. Every day people lose work because an application crashes and and affected negatively by software bugs. Society reacts with the urgency it responds to spellling errors in newspapers. Only the millennium problem prompted society to address the problem.
Re: Doomed from the Start??
"you can actually run Linux in the old 386SX Fujitsu-Siemens PCs"
Do you suppose the hardware would still be in working order? Do you still use 5,25" floppy discs and 9600 baud modems to access AOL? If so, you can run Debian Linux 0.01, but you should avoid XFree86 because that was such a bloat. No Netscape 0.70 either nor StarOffice, but solid LaTeX office suite.... Now if you have a real Pentium with 64 MB of RAM and a 10K SCSI drive, 100 Mb Ethernet, 21" CRT, the Penguin starts moving.
Re: Doomed from the Start??
"If so, they'd have known how many and what software was Windows only."
There is no such thing as Windows-only software. There is only a price tag for either getting the vendor to port their code to Linux or finding a vendor who will build replacement products.
49,3 Megeuri? Guess that will buy Windows 10, Windows 2016, Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and Office licenses for city staff for 5 years.
Reg said that the Limux project is supposed to have failed, but only a handful of policiticans seem to think so to the extant that they think at all.
Re: Keep politicians away from IT decisions
Keep policitians away from political, economic, financial, and religious decisions!
Hagrid is my favourite half-giant. And like him, I haven't even tried to learn how to format a simple document with the Word of Gates yet, because software engineers have no use for something like that. Used to be good with WP 5.1 at the time.